Taylor Bojanowski

Dancer

Taylor Bojanowski is a Toronto based dance artist and graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance BFA Program, studying under the direction of Vicki St. Denys. While at Ryerson, Taylor was the 2017 recipient of the “Theatre Dance Program” award. Throughout her professional training she’s had the pleasure of working and performing with many prominent choreographers including Janes Kudelka, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbeck, Tori Mehaffey, Kaeja d’Dance and Kevin O’Day. Taylor had the privilege of being the understudy for the ProArteDanza 2016/17 season and worked alongside the company. She was the recipient of the 2017 Apprentice Contract. Taylor is also a freelance contemporary teacher and choreographer.

Sasha Ludavicius

Training Coordinator, Dancer

Sasha Ludavicius is a professional freelance contemporary dance artist in Toronto. She studied ballet internationally but discovered her passion for contemporary dance in Montreal. Ludavicius was the recipient of the ProArteDanza’s SIP Apprenticeship Award and apprenticed with ProArteDanza during their 2015 season. She has been dancing with the company ever since she received her first apprentice contract. In 2016, she graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She was selected to be a part of the 2017/18 RBC Emerging Artists Project with Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Additionally, she is a freelance contemporary dance teacher, personal trainer as well as a certified yoga instructor in Toronto. For the past two years, she has been the Training Coordinator and the Rehearsal Director for ProArteDanza’s Summer Dance Intensive Program.

Daniel McArthur

Dancer

Daniel McArthur is a Toronto based DORA nominated performer. He has performed in over 100 new works touring Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. He was born right here in Toronto and has been gifted to work with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II, ProArteDanza, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, James Kudelka, and Citadel + Compagnie along with other truly fabulous people. Also, crazy as it may sound, you can hear Daniel’s voice acting on the upcoming AAA title “Agony” as well as on the video game Marvel Avengers Academy.  Daniel is the co-author of the upcoming children’s book “Sheldon the Selfish Shellfish”.

Connor Mitton

Dancer

Connor Mitton is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program and a 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee for Outstanding Performance, Ensemble. He has toured with ProArteDanza and performed in James Kudelka’s Fifteen Heterosexual Duets, Elvis and the Man in Black, and Romeo and Juliet before Parting. Recognized by NOW Magazine as one of 2017’s breakthrough Toronto stage artists, Connor has worked with William Yong, Hanna Kiel, Kate Hilliard, Heidi Strauss, Apolonia Valesquez, Ofilio Portillo, Release Dance Project, ACE Dance Theatre, Zata Omm Dance Projects, Avinoam Silverman, and Allan Kaeja. His passion has taken him to Springboard Danse Montreal and RUBBERBANDance Group and has performed original works by Phoenix Project Dance and dance artist Belinda McGuire.

Jake Poloz

Dancer

Jake Poloz, a graduate of the Conteur Academy, is a Toronto based artist and choreographer. He has had the opportunity to perform works by Matt Luck, Hanna Kiel, Anisa Tejpar, Alyssa Martin, Tori Mehaffey, Robert Glumbeck, and Roberto Campanella.  Jake has performed with companies ProArteDanza, Hit & Run Dance Productions, Human Body Expression, and Boucherdanse. He was also a recent participant in adelhaid’s re:research in the process of Benjamin Landsberg, and a participant in Springboard Danse Montreal, performing works by Marco Goecke and La Tresse. Jake recently presented his own work I’ve seen you naked in the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival and will be creating a piece for the Fall session of The Garage.

Kelly Shaw

Dancer

Kelly Shaw is a BFA honours graduate from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program and recipient of the Jack McAllister Award. She has trained at Quinte Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet, Springboard Danse Montreal and studied Ohad Naharin’s gaga technique in Barcelona and New York. Kelly is a full time dance artists performing and collaborating with Human Body Expression, Citadel + Compagnie, Helix Dance Project, Gadfly, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, TOES for Dance, TranscenDance Project and was nominated for a 2018 Dora Mavor Moore award for her ensemble work. She has been a part of Dance Ontario Weekend, Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, Toronto Fringe Festival, Capezio ACE Awards, Dance Matters and is a performer with Hit an Run Productions.

Eleanor van Veen

Dancer

Eleanor van Veen (she/her) is a mover, collaborator, and pilates instructor based out of Tkaronto, (Treaty 13 Territory) Ontario. She received her professional dance training at The Conteur Academy. She has worked with prominent educators and choreographers including: Hanna Kiel with Human Body Expression, Alysa Pires with Alysa Pires Dance Projects, Roberto Campenella and Robert Glumbek with ProArteDanza, Igor Bacovich and Iratxe Ansa with Metamorphosis Dance, Martha Hart with hART Dance, Malgorzata Nowacka-May with The Chimera Project, and Naishi Wang. Reaching across North America, she has performed in festivals: Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, Capezio Ace Awards, The Tkaronto Fringe Festival, the response’s Dance Café series, and Dance Ontario DanceWeekend. She has been a member of Tkaronto-based groups: Nostos Collectives (2018-present), ACE Dance Theatre (2019-present), and The Garage (2017-2020). As a mover, she finds freedom, gratitude, and identity serving as a vessel for her own and her collaborators’ artistic visions.

Christopher Valentini

Dancer

Christopher Valentini is a recent graduate of the BFA Performance dance program at Ryerson University. During his time studying he has had the opportunity to work with many choreographers including Robert Glumbeck, Hanna Kiel, William Yong, Vicky St.Denys, David Earle, and Gadfly. Over the summer he got to work on a submission in the Luminato Festival with D.A. Hoskins’, The Coating Project. This will be his second season performing with ProArteDanza.

Evan Webb

Dancer

Evan Webb (they/them) hails from Calgary Alberta, and is currently based in Toronto Ontario. Before focusing on becoming a dance artist, Evan was well versed in various movement practice’s and visual art forms, lending to a desire to naturally perform authentically and idiosyncratically in all aspects of movement expression. They attended Ryerson University in the Performance Dance program. While at Ryerson Evan has had the opportunity to work with William Yong, Matjash Mrozewski, Anne Plamondon, Peggy Baker, Jera Wolfe, and Dylan Crossman in the repertoire of Merce Cunningham. Outside of academia, Evan has furthered his training by participating in Rubber Band Dance Group Winter Intensive, and Springboard Danse Montreal 2019. Experiences of being ostracized and abused as a member of the LGBTQ+ community have given them a unique perspective, and influenced their artistic values. Evan has always been fascinated by the ways in which people interact with each other. They continue to research gender, sexuality, and politics in Art practice.